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New Podcasts to Spice Up Your Summer

By Editorial Staff

You have probably found some of the top podcasts that you love by now. However, if you are looking for a new sound, spicier topics, a different host, or more inspiration to guide you on how to start a podcast, then you’ve come to the right place. Broken down by category, we are announcing a list of new podcasts you should subscribe to if you’re looking to spice up your summer!


I think we could all use a little more to laugh about. If you agree, check out the following new podcasts and find something to put a smile on your face.

1. MusicalSplaining

  • Lindsay and Kaveh
  • Rating: 4.9

For both the lovers and the haters, this is one of the more unique entries on our list of new podcasts for the summer. Capitalizing on the clear separation of musical fandom, one super-fan and one musical despiser take part in heated and hilarious discussions of different musicals.

2. Oh, Hello: the P’dcast

  • Gil and George
  • Rating: 4.9

Comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll return to their Broadway characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland for this hilarious new podcast. Get some backstory on these characters from their Netflix special before joining in for Gil and George’s version of the story of Princess Diana. “She was the People’s Princess and they were two men who hung out at Duane Reade. But now worlds have collided.”

3. How Did This Get Made?

  • Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas
  • Rating: 4.8

A cohort of comedians host this hilarious new podcast about movies that are so bad they’re good. With many of the episodes featuring a celebrity guest, the hosts force them to watch an iconic bad movie in preparation to discuss on the podcast. They revel in the wonderful ridiculousness of the chosen film and discuss how it possibly got made.

4. Reply All

  • PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman
  • Rating: 4.8

Hit reply all to the new podcasts for the summer because this is one you won’t want to miss. This podcast is an original exploration of the internet in modern life, in the broadest possible sense. Don’t get it? It’s okay, just take a listen and you’ll see what I mean.

In the Kitchen

Bringing the heat to the kitchen, these new podcasts are going to help you step it up this summer! Looking for new recipes or building your skills in the kitchen, these new podcasts are educating and entertaining for the professional chef, home cook, or dabbler in us all.

1. Home Cooking

  • Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway
  • Rating: 4.5

On a mission to give you relevant kitchen advice from experienced chefs, Samin and Hrishikesh are doing so in a way that is fun-natured and humorous. Whoever said learning to cook was serious? Home Cooking is a mini-series to help listeners figure out what to cook—and keep them company. Looking for assistance or just in search of some creative flair for your kitchen, this new podcast has you covered. 

2. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

  • Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  • Rating: 4.8

Not the conventional definition of a food podcast, comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their “restaurant” to choose their favorite appetizer, entree, side, dessert and beverage. Order Off Menu to get your dream meal every time.

3. Chowhound’s Table Talk

  • Hana Asbrink

Hana Asbrink welcomes influential names in the culinary world for intimate conversations on their experience turning their passion for food into a career.

4. The Splendid Table

  • Francis Lam

Listeners receive a modern, multicultural snapshot of the food world each week. Through a variety of cultures, cuisines, ideas, and personal stories, the former restaurant cook and culinary school graduate handles almost any food query. He shows that one of the keys to understanding people better is to learn what they cook and how they eat.

Motivation & Inspiration

The state of the world has us all thinking about what we truly desire out of life and where we draw our source of inspiration and happiness. New podcasts are just the starting point for feeling a renewed sense of motivation and fulfillment.

1. Sugar Calling

  • Cheryl Strayed
  • Rating: 4.5

Advice columnist, Cheryl Strayed, known as Sugar, is a published author whose writing empowered her to give advice. But, caught in this period of global uncertainty, she is taking a step back from giving advice to explore sources of wisdom from writers she has long admired for their insight and been inspired by their courage.

2. Come Through with Rebecca Carroll

  • Rebecca Carroll
  • Rating: 4.7

Motivating listeners to take the elections seriously, Rebecca Carroll is talking about the most pressing political issues in this new podcast. Through 15 essential conversations, Rebecca is confronting taboo topics from healthcare to unemployment to climate change during a pivotal time for America.

3. How I Built This with Guy Raz

  • Guy Raz
  • Rating: 4.8

For the entrepreneurs, business owners, curious cats and dreamers, Guy Raz is interviewing the founders of some of the world’s best known companies. Diving into the story of how it all started, the struggles and the triumphs, How I Built this tells the narrative of how companies and movements came to be.

4. What We Coulda Been, with Chelcee Grimes

  • Chelcee Grimes
  • Rating: 4.6

Singer and songwriter to major artists, Chelcee Grimes meets with talented people in a variety of careers to find out what other career options would have been out there had they made other choices. Names from a diversity of cultural niches talk about what they almost did before taking the path that they are most known for.

Unique Conversations

Ever need someone to talk to about something…well, random. These podcasts are unveiling what we are classifying as unique conversations. From thoughts in the shower to fictional stories, there’s a podcast for that.

1. The Adaptables

  • Abbe Wright and Emma Shafer
  • Rating: 4.8

This duo of binge-watching, book-loving best friends is dissecting book-to-screen adaptations to decide whether or not the film does the book justice! Abbe and Emma converse with authors, insiders, and Celeste Ng, herself, about the makings of a great adaptable and how TV and books are crucial self-care components.

2. Meet Cute

  • Rating: 4.2

Meet Cute is a new podcast comprised of short-form audio rom-coms that take you on the complete journey from Meet Cute to Happily Ever After in just 15 minutes. A series of real love stories, this podcast is perfect for the hopeless romantic in all of us.

3. Cautionary Tales

  • Tim Harford
  • Rating: 4.6

Parents tell their children “unsettling fairy tales” to teach valuable life lessons, but these new podcasts are cautionary tales for the adults. Based on true stories, actors join each episode to tell an enthralling short story and convey a lesson on human behavior and our world. Bringing you delight, horror, suspense, or comedy, Cautionary Tales features original music and an award-winning cast to make you all the wiser.

4. Decoder Ring

  • Willa Paskin
  • Rating: 4.6

Curious about random questions and cultural phenomena? Decoder Ring is a new podcast all about finding the meaning of cultural questions, objects, or habits and why it matters. Digging into the history of bizarre topics, Willa Paskin presents genuinely fun and interesting audio to incorporate into your spare time this summer.

Other new podcasts for this summer that you should check out:

Phoebe Reads a MysteryPhoebe JudgeCriminal
Sibling RevelryKate and Oliver HudsonSociety & Culture
The Left Right GameTessa ThompsonScience Fiction

This article was written by Gabrielle Sinacola

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